Aspen sick?

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by sgbotsford, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford Active Member 10 Years

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    Rural Edmonton Alberta area, Canada
    I bought 50 swedish aspen at about 6 feet in #5 pots for resale. 34 of them have happily gone to new homes.

    The remaining ones have leaves that are turning brown. A given branch goes brown more or less all at once, but the affected branches are scattered all over the tree.

    The trees are sent into socket pots flush with the ground. Current watering regime is approximatley 1 gallon every other day, applied by drip irrigation over the span of an hour.

    These are the largest aspen I've got in this block. None or few of the smaller aspen are affected. (They all get the same watering.)

    Is this a disease, or is it a problem with my watering regime?

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  2. abgardeneer

    abgardeneer Active Member

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    Calgary, AB
    You might compare the symptoms to bronze leaf disease, which is starting to affect our area. We had a couple of lower branches on Swedish columnar aspen affected by it last summer (or so we assume that was the problem - we removed the branches rather than leaving them on the tree to see if the leaves stayed on all winter).

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